The Swedish star faced Johnson at UFC on FOX 14 in January, and the bout was to determine who would face the now former champ, Jon Jones, next. Since the fight took place in Stockholm, and because there’s always been a ton of buzz tied to the prospect of Jone-Gustafsson II, it was a huge bout for Gustafsson. As you know, however, Johnson rocked “The Mauler” early on and went on to finish the fight in less than three minutes.
Since then, however, Jones has been stripped of the title, and now Gustafsson will fight the new champion, Daniel Cormier, later this year. It’s been an up-and-down year for Gustafsson, to say the least, as evidenced by the following statements he recently made to MMA Junkie.com:
“My motivation was gone, basically, so that was the toughest part, to keep on training with no motivation,” Gustafsson said. “I just wanted to escape from everything, escape from Stockholm, from the media, from everything. I didn’t want to see the gym. It was tough.”
“You know who the real people are when it’s going really bad,” Gustafsson said. “When it’s going downhill, then you know how it really is for you…”
The light-heavyweight went on to add that thanks to the support from his team, family and friends etc, his motivation has returned. Considering he’s got a chance to be the champion before 2015 ends, it’s not surprising to hear he’s very motivated these days no?
Gustafsson was originally scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira this past weekend at UFC FN 69, however, “The Mauler” incurred an injury and had to withdraw. By the time he fight Cormier, nine, ten months will have gone by since he fought last. The exact date for Cormier-Gustafsson has yet to be determined.